Classic Nickelodeon children’s show iCarly is getting a mature reboot/revival that will feature “sexual situations” according to show’s star.
iCarly, brainchild of the disgraced Nickelodeon producer Dan Schneider, is being revived in 2021 as a mature Paramount+ original series. According to Jerry Trainor the show will be a whole lot raunchier than the Nickelodeon version.
The Paramount+ 2021 revival of iCarly is “definitely going to be more grown-up” than the original Nickelodeon kid’s series, Page Six reports.
Several cast members of the original series spoke about how sexual the iCarly revival is — which is set to air on Paramount+ on June 17, 2021 — in an interview with Page Six.
Jerry Trainer, who plays Spencer Shay on the show joked, “It’s basically an Andrew Dice Clay concert,” adding, “ we’re going to toe that line, you know what I mean? It’s not going to be super-raw … but yeah, there’s going to be sexual situations. And you know, I say ‘damn it’ in the trailer, which had everyone in a tizzy, but you know we’re grown-ups.”
The original Nickelodeon series ran from 2007 to 2012 starred 14-year-old Miranda Cosgrove as Carly, an teenage girl who creates the web series ala vlog with her friends.
Nathan Kress, who starred as Freddie Benson, told Page Six that the new iCarly series is for adults, emphasising the fact that “it’s not for kids.”
He continued: “And that’s been exciting for us — to just see where these characters from a kid’s show would be and where they are in their life now, 10 years later. But in a very realistic, non-glossy way.”
Despite being children’s show, iCarly was called out for sexualising minors when it was airing on Nickelodeon. The child actors in the 2007 series were believed to be put in many sexual suggestive positions by the show’s creator and former producer Dan Schneider.
Several kids came forward and claimed that Dan Schneider would offer the underage stars foot massages and would encourage them to take off their socks when around him.
Anonymous posts have gone a step further and claimed that Schneider would pay extras to tickle their feet. A five-year-old comment on Reddit said: “I grew up in LA and was a extra on The Amanda Show a few times. He paid me 100 bucks once just to tickle my feet… In between takes Dan asked me if I was ticklish and I said no, then he bet me 100 bucks he could make me ticklish. I was expecting him to reach over and tickle me under my arm or something like that but he led me to his office. I basically got paid to receive a foot massage and a lot of compliments.”
When the allegations came out people started combing through his shows and found a plethora of highly inappropriate scenes involving children and feet; one particular scene showed 17-year-old Ariana Grande in the Schneider produced iCarly spinoff Sam and Cat sucking on her big toe.
Shortly after after these rumours and allegations appeared online Nickelodeon decided to part ways with the producer which many believed added validity the claims.
“Following many conversations together about next directions and future opportunities, Nickelodeon and our long-time creative partner Dan Schneider/Schneider’s Bakery have agreed to not extend the current deal,” Nickelodeon and Schneider said in a joint statement to HuffPost. “Since several Schneider’s Bakery projects are wrapping up, both sides agreed that this is a natural time for Nickelodeon and Schneider’s Bakery to pursue other opportunities and projects,” a spokesperson for the company stated.
Where can I watch iCarly revival in Australia?
The mature iCarly revival, which contains “sexual situations”, will air on the Paramount+ streaming service on June 17, 2021, in the USA but sadly that streaming service is not available in in Australia yet. However, it is coming!
Paramount+ will be coming to Australia in August and it will bring with it a bunch of new movies and tv shows featuring some of Hollywood’s top talents.
ViacomCBS recently announced that Paramount+ will finally be making its way down under when they rebrand Australia’s Ten All Access streaming service. Paramount+’s partnership deals include renowned brands such as Showtime, BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Pictures Television and, of course, Paramount Pictures.
In the meantime you can catch the classic iCarly Nickelodeon series in its entirety on Australia’s number one streaming service Stan.